[CQ-Contest] QSLing the Contact in the Sprint
n3bb at mindspring.com
Sat Feb 11 11:13:58 EST 2006
In the Sprint, callers should wait a moment until they hear the station QSL
the previous contact. If the station is SO2Ring and a half second or a
second late in sending the QSL message, then it's very difficult as new
calling stations usually are not going to wait that long. SO2R operators
should send that "TU" (which I use because it's two characters and more
likely to be heard) at the right timing, even if they have to interrupt
their CQ or their other-band QSO for a split second.
Usually, if the station *didn't* get all the exchange, he/she will send a
string of dits (as K5PI mentioned). I will stop and ask the previous
station QSL? if I hear a string of dits.
Some judgement comes into this as well. If the frequency is clear and if
the previous station is strong (we have good skip), and if it's a "known
good operator," I will allow a little slack on hearing the QSL
message. If we are on back scatter and/or if the conditions are poor, and
I don't hear a clear QSL message, I will send some dits and ask the station
if he got it all OK. I am QRO, and it would be much more sensitive if I
were a 100 Watt station, or (perish the thought) QRP. Then, I would darn
well insist on hearing the QSL message, or I would delete the QSO. But
running full power and with good antennas, I use the "good skip rule" and
"no QRM rule" to place some judgement into whether or I not I stop and
send "QSL?" to the other station. In a four hour Sprint, this question
occurs around five times, so while it's not routine, it does come up.
Jim George N3BB
At 11:56 PM 2/10/2006 -0500, James P. Cassidy wrote:
>Does anyone have advice about how to best deal with the quick callers that
>wipe out the TU or a request for a repeat? Several times last week there
>was no wait at all between the end of the QSO and the pileup of callers.
>I will admit that my signal is probably not as strong as it could be to
>help this situation.
>TNX 73 Jim KI7Y
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